Hardcore meets techno and industrial on this unpredictable EP.
"Evnika," with its violin breakdowns, is the track you can imagine hearing at some Dutch mega-festival, but it avoids the cookie-cutter tropes you hear in a lot of big-room music. "Bleached Whale" is the EP's scariest track, which is saying a lot. Kilbourne finds a way to ratchet the intensity dial at the end of each phrase, squeezing in new drops when you think it can't possibly yield more.
"As Adam," a brutalized 145-BPM drum track, could probably work in a Paula Temple or Perc set. Literary hawks might catch the clip from Moby Dick just before the beat drops, which is a cheeky twist on the use of dark, brooding dialogue for flavor. Kilbourne rounds it out with the seven-minute mini-epic "Red Melt," which transforms as it goes along, starting as a slow industrial chugger before cranking its pace up to hardcore techno. Like the other three tracks, it's a combination of fresh ideas and sharp execution.